Chronic Total Occlusion (CTO)

This channel includes news and new technology innovations for chronic total occlusions (CTOs). This includes both coronary and peripheral CTOs. CTOs are complete occlusions of arteries due to atherosclerosis plaque build up along the wall of the artery. CTOs have traditionally been treated with bypass surgery, but with the advent of better catheter and imaging technologies, minimally invasive interventional catheter-based techniques are now often used to reopen the blocked artery to avoid surgery, or if the patient is too sick for surgery. Here are some key pieces of CTO content in this channel:

How to Tackle Coronary CTOs

VIDEO: New Technology to Treat Chronic Total Occlusions (CTOs), an interview with Farouc Jaffer, M.D., Ph.D.

When to Consider Revascularization of Coronary Chronic Total Occlusions

VIDEO: Treating Chronic Total Occlusions, an interview with Bill Lombardi, M.D.

VIDEO: The Evolution of Complex PCI at University of Colorado  — Interview with John Messenger, M.D., and Kevin Rogers, M.D.

VIDEO: How to Treat CTOs and Complex PCI Cases — Interview with Khaldoon Alaswad, M.D.

CONNECT II Clinical Trial CTO Crossing Catherter Peripheral Artery Disease
News | October 24, 2012
October 24, 2012 — Avinger Inc., a medical device manufacturer of multi-functional catheters for crossing CTOs in...
BridgePoint Medical Boston Scientific CTO Crossing Catheters Cath Lab
News | September 20, 2012
September 20, 2012 — Boston Scientific Corp. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire BridgePoint Medical Inc., a...
Covidien Ltd Viance Crossing Catheter Enteer Re-entry System Cath Lab Catheters
Technology | September 18, 2012
September 18, 2012—Covidien announced the launch of the Viance Crossing Catheter and Enteer Re-entry System for...
News | July 24, 2012
July 24, 2012 — Use of the retrograde approach to revascularizing coronary chronic total occlusions (CTOs) to deliver...
News | July 05, 2012
July 5, 2012 — Avinger Inc., a medical device manufacturer of multifunctional catheters for treating patients with...
News | June 08, 2012
June 8, 2012 — Austin Heart, the largest provider of cardiac and vascular services in central Texas, announced its...
News | May 04, 2012
May 4, 2012 - A new balloon catheter system could advance the endovascular approach to treating obstructed arteries in...
Bridgepoint StingRay and CrossBoss CTO catheters.
Feature | March 19, 2012 | Mark Michael, M.D., and Jeffrey A. Breall, M.D., Ph.D.
Management of coronary chronic total occlusion (CTO) is individualized depending on the severity of symptoms, ischemia...
News | February 27, 2012
Avinger Inc. announced the enrollment of the first European patient in the CONNECT II global clinical trial. The first...
Technology | February 09, 2012
February 9, 2012 — Boston Scientific announced the United States launch of the TruePath CTO device, designed to...
News | January 25, 2012
January 25, 2012 — Which Medical Device announced the winner of its Device of the Year Award 2011 in the cardiology...
News | January 20, 2012
January 20, 2012 - BridgePoint Medical Inc. this week signed an agreement with Covidien to exclusively license the...

Avinger gained CE mark for a forward-looking optical coherence tomography (OCT) system to aid recanalization of chronic total occlusions (CTOs).

Feature | November 17, 2011 | Dave Fornell
Each year that I attend Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT), I comb the event and its sessions looking for...
Technology | October 17, 2011
October 17, 2011 — The Detroit Medical Center (DMC) Cardiovascular Institute (CVI) has become the first cardiac care...
News | August 05, 2011
August 5, 2011 — BridgePoint Medical Inc., a Minnesota-based medical device company, has enrolled its first patient in...